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M S Eng, J Kaur, L Prasmickaite, B Ø Engesæter, A Weyergang, E Skarpen, K Berg, M G Rosenblum, G M Mælandsmo, A Høgset, S Ferrone, P K Selbo
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and malignant melanoma are highly aggressive cancers that widely express the cell surface chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan 4 (CSPG4/NG2). CSPG4 plays an important role in tumor cell growth and survival and promotes chemo- and radiotherapy resistance, suggesting that CSPG4 is an attractive target in cancer therapy. In the present work, we applied the drug delivery technology photochemical internalization (PCI) in combination with the novel CSPG4-targeting immunotoxin 225...
March 22, 2018: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Abhimanyu Mahajan, Andrew Zillgitt, Susan M Bowyer, Christos Sidiropoulos
BACKGROUND: The proposed mechanisms for the sensory trick include peripheral sensory feedback to aid in correcting abnormal posture or movement. CASE REPORT: A 53-year-old woman with cervical dystonia underwent magnetoencephalography pre- and post-botulinum toxin injection and sensory trick, which was described as yawning. Study revealed connectivity between the left frontal and inferior frontal gyrus before yawning, which changed to the visual cortex and right middle frontal gyrus with yawning...
March 22, 2018: Brain Sciences
Musa Sakuma Adamu, Iniobong Chukwuebuka Ikenna Ugochukwu, Sunday Idoko Idoko, Yakubu Adamu Kwabugge, Nafisatu Sa'ad Abubakar, James Ameh Ameh
Prevalence and distribution of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) serogroups from the faecal samples of cattle and camels slaughter in Maiduguri abattoir and their antibiotic resistance profile of the isolates were determined. The highest prevalence (24%) was recorded in the month of September and more STEC isolates came from cattle than the camels. There was significant (P < 0.05) seasonal trend in the prevalence of STEC among cattle and camel with more cases recorded during the wet season...
March 21, 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Michael Willis, Irmgard Leitner, Klaus Seppi, Maria Trieb, Georg Wietzorrek, Josef Marksteiner, Hans-Günther Knaus
In this study, we investigated the tissue expression levels, alpha subunit composition and distribution of Shaker-related voltage-dependent potassium Kv1 channels in human hippocampus by combining western blotting experiments, toxin autoradiography, in vivo radioligand binding studies, immunoprecipitation and immunohistochemistry. Tissue expression of Kv1.1 and Kv1.2 α-subunits in human post-mortem brain tissue was confirmed in immunoblot analysis using a panel of specific monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies...
March 21, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
E Casari, C De Luca, M Calabrò, C Scuderi, C Daleno, A Ferrario
Background: Clostridium difficile infection is an important cause of morbidity and mortality but the optimal method of diagnosis for both patient management and infection prevention remains controversial. Methods: Our hospital made a decision to switch from the use of toxin immunoassay to a stand-alone nucleic acid test. This change was accompanied by the provision of clear sampling guidance and rejection criteria and this study aimed to assess the impact of that change...
2018: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Rohollah Taghadosi, Mohammad Reza Shakibaie, Hesam Alizade, Hossein Hosseini-Nave, Asma Askari, Reza Ghanbarpour
Aim: The present study was conducted to detect the occurrence, serogroups, virulence genes and phylogenetic relationship of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in human, clave and goat in Kerman (southeast of Iran). Background: STEC have emerged as the important foodborne zoonotic pathogens causing human gastrointestinal disease and confirming the risk to public health. Methods: A total of 671 fecal samples were collected from diarrheic patients (n=395) and healthy calves (n=156) and goats (n=120) and screened for the presence of stx gene...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Seong Heon Kim, Hye Young Kim, Su Young Kim
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is often encountered in children with acute kidney injury. Besides the well-known shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli -associated HUS, atypical HUS (aHUS) caused by genetic complement dysregulation has been studied recently. aHUS is a rare, chronic, and devastating disorder that progressively damages systemic organs, resulting in stroke, end-stage renal disease, and death. The traditional treatment for aHUS is mainly plasmapheresis or plasma infusion; however, many children with aHUS will progress to chronic kidney disease despite plasma therapy...
February 2018: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
Hyun J Yu, Da S R Cha, Dong-Hun Shin, Gopinath B Nair, Eun J Kim, Dong W Kim
Toxigenic Vibrio cholerae strains arise upon infection and integration of the lysogenic cholera toxin phage, the CTX phage, into bacterial chromosomes. The V. cholerae serogroup O1 strains identified to date can be broadly categorized into three main groups: the classical biotype strains, which harbor CTX-cla; the prototype El Tor strains (Wave 1 strains), which harbor CTX-1; and the atypical El Tor strains, which harbor CTX-2 (Wave 2 strains) or CTX-3~6 (Wave 3 strains). The efficiencies of replication and transmission of CTX phages are similar, suggesting the possibility of existence of more diverse bacterial strains harboring various CTX phages and their arrays in nature...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Ji-Li Zhao, Wei Liu, Wan-Ying Xie, Xu-Dong Cao, Li Yuan
Background: Tuberculosis (TB) caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) is one of the most common chronic infectious amphixenotic diseases worldwide. Prevention and control of TB are greatly difficult, due to the increase in drug-resistant TB, particularly multidrug-resistant TB. We speculated that there were some differences between drug-sensitive and drug-resistant MTB strains and that mazEF 3,6,9 toxin-antitoxin systems (TASs) were involved in MTB viability. This study aimed to investigate differences in viability, biofilm formation, and MazEF expression between drug-sensitive and drug-resistant MTB strains circulating in Xinjiang, China, and whether mazEF 3,6,9 TASs contribute to MTB viability under stress conditions...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
Mary-Carmen Torres-Quintero, Isabel Gómez, Sabino Pacheco, Jorge Sánchez, Humberto Flores, Joel Osuna, Gretel Mendoza, Mario Soberón, Alejandra Bravo
The Cyt and Cry toxins are different pore-forming proteins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria, and used in insect-pests control. Cry-toxins have a complex mechanism involving interaction with several proteins in the insect gut such as aminopeptidase N (APN), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and cadherin (CAD). It was shown that the loop regions of domain II of Cry toxins participate in receptor binding. Cyt-toxins are dipteran specific and interact with membrane lipids. We show that Cry1Ab domain II loop3 is involved in binding to APN, ALP and CAD receptors since point mutation Cry1Ab-G439D affected binding to these proteins...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mikhail Volkov, Jacqueline Dekkers, Bruno G Loos, Sergio Bizzarro, Thomas W J Huizinga, Helle A Praetorius, René E M Toes, Diane van der Woude
The link between rheumatoid arthritis and exposure to a bacterial toxin was not found in a population of rheumatoid arthritis patients from Netherlands.
March 21, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
Thomas V Riley, Deirdre A Collins, Rina Karunakaran, Maria Abdul Kahar, Ariza Adnan, Siti Asma Hassan, Nadiah Hanim Zainul, Fr Mohammed Rustam, Z Abd Wahab, Ramliza Ramli, Yeong Yeh Lee, Hamimah Hassan
Accumulating evidence shows a high prevalence of Clostridium difficile in Southeast Asia associated with a range of clinical presentations. However, severe infections are rarely reported. We investigated C. difficile infection (CDI) across four hospitals in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Bharu, Malaysia. Enzyme immunoassays for glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) and toxin A/B were performed on diarrhoeal stool specimens collected from patients in 2015 and 2016. Specimens were also cultured and isolates of C. difficile characterised by PCR ribotyping and detection of toxin genes...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Guo Ge, Cang Chen, Michael James Guderyon, Jingwei Liu, Zhixu He, Yanni Yu, Robert A Clark, Senlin Li
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) exhibits potent neuroprotective properties in preclinical models of Parkinson's disease (PD), but challenges in GDNF delivery have been reported from clinical trials. To address this barrier, we developed a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) -based macrophage-mediated GDNF therapy platform. Here we introduced a regulatable lentiviral vector (LV-MSP-Tet-Off-hGDNF) in order to allow the expression of human GDNF to be adjusted or stopped by oral administration of doxycycline (Dox)...
March 21, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
Marius Alexandru Moga, Oana Gabriela Dimienescu, Cristian Andrei Arvătescu, Petru Ifteni, Liana Pleş
Cancer represents the disease of the millennium, a major problem in public health. The proliferation of tumor cells, angiogenesis, and the relationship between the cancer cells and the components of the extracellular matrix are important in the events of carcinogenesis, and these pathways are being used as targets for new anticancer treatments. Various venoms and their toxins have shown possible anticancer effects on human cancer cell lines, providing new perspectives in drug development. In this review, we observed the effects of natural toxins from bee and snake venom and the mechanisms through which they can inhibit the growth and proliferation of cancer cells...
March 19, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Alba Finocchiaro, Sara Marinelli, Federica De Angelis, Valentina Vacca, Siro Luvisetto, Flaminia Pavone
Clinical use of neurotoxins from Clostridium botulinum is well established and is continuously expanding, including in treatment of pain conditions. Background : The serotype A (BoNT/A) has been widely investigated, and current data demonstrate that it induces analgesia and modulates nociceptive processing initiated by inflammation or nerve injury. Given that data concerning the serotype B (BoNT/B) are limited, the aim of the present study was to verify if also BoNT/B is able not only to counteract neuropathic pain, but also to interfere with inflammatory and regenerative processes associated with the nerve injury...
March 18, 2018: Toxins
Antonino Foti, Cristiano D'Andrea, Valentina Villari, Norberto Micali, Maria Grazia Donato, Barbara Fazio, Onofrio M Maragò, Raymond Gillibert, Marc Lamy de la Chapelle, Pietro G Gucciardi
Optical forces are used to aggregate plasmonic nanoparticles and create SERS-active hot spots in liquid. When biomolecules are added to the nanoparticles, high sensitivity SERS detection can be accomplished. Here, we pursue studies on Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) detection, investigating the BSA-nanorod aggregations in a range from 100 µM to 50 nM by combining light scattering, plasmon resonance and SERS, and correlating the SERS signal with the concentration. Experimental data are fitted with a simple model describing the optical aggregation process...
March 17, 2018: Materials
Ursula Castro de Oliveira, Milton Yutaka Nishiyama, Maria Beatriz Viana Dos Santos, Andria de Paula Santos-da-Silva, Hipócrates de Menezes Chalkidis, Andreia Souza-Imberg, Denise Maria Candido, Norma Yamanouye, Valquíria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Inácio de Loiola Meirelles Junqueira-de-Azevedo
BACKGROUND: Except for the northern region, where the Amazonian black scorpion, T. obscurus, represents the predominant and most medically relevant scorpion species, Tityus serrulatus, the Brazilian yellow scorpion, is widely distributed throughout Brazil, causing most envenoming and fatalities due to scorpion sting. In order to evaluate and compare the diversity of venom components of Tityus obscurus and T. serrulatus, we performed a transcriptomic investigation of the telsons (venom glands) corroborated by a shotgun proteomic analysis of the venom from the two species...
2018: PloS One
Qian Fei, E-Bin Gao, Biao Liu, Yao Wei, Degang Ning
Type II toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems play important roles in bacterial stress survival by regulating cell growth or death. They are highly abundant in cyanobacteria yet remain poorly characterized. Here, we report the identification and regulation of a putative type II TA system from Synechocystis PCC6803, VapBC15. The VapBC15 system is encoded by the chromosomal operon vapBC15 . Exogenous expression of VapC15 dramatically arrested cell growth of Escherichia coli and reduced the numbers of colony-forming units (CFU)...
March 21, 2018: Genes
Lucas C Klemm, Evan Czerwonka, Mary L Hall, Philip G Williams, Alejandro M S Mayer
Cosmopolitan Gram-negative cyanobacteria may affect human and animal health by contaminating terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments with toxins, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The cyanobacterial genus Scytonema ( S ) produces several toxins, but to our knowledge the bioactivity of genus Scytonema LPS has not been investigated. We recently reported that cyanobacterium Oscillatoria sp. LPS elicited classical and alternative activation of rat microglia in vitro. Thus, we hypothesized that treatment of brain microglia in vitro with either cyanobacteria S...
March 21, 2018: Toxins
Kaveh Matinkhoo, Alla Pryyma, Mihajlo Todorovic, Brian O Patrick, David M Perrin
α-Amanitin is an extremely toxic bicyclic octapeptide isolated from the death-cap mushroom, Amanita phalloides. As a potent inhibitor of RNA polymerase II, α-amanitin is toxic to eukaryotic cells. Recent interest in α-amanitin arises from its promise as a payload for antibody-drug conjugates. For over 60 years, A. phalloides has been the only source of α-amanitin. Here we report a synthesis of α-amanitin, which surmounts the key challenges for installing the 6-hydroxy-tryptathionine sulfoxide bridge, enantioselective synthesis of (2 S,3 R,4 R)-4,5-dihydroxy-isoleucine, and diastereoselective sulfoxidation...
March 21, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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